Family is defined as a group of two or more people who are related to each other either by sharing a common ancestry or blood-line, a common household, through the adoption process or through sharing a set of convictions or affiliation. Whatever the unifying factor, families are the cornerstone of society and the single most important context for shaping ones sense of self, understanding of others and the world in which they live as it typically provides an individual’s first experience of how to relate to others.
Despite the common bonding force, when people are grouped together, conflict, disconnect, disharmony and dysfunction can occur. Families are impacted by many internal and external or environmental factors such as the individual family members needs, the demands of work, school, social groups, extended family and friends, families can experience unreasonable amounts of stress that can impede the overall functioning of a family. Additionally, each family has its own set of roles for each family member and its own set of family rules both spoken and unspoken, governing communication, emotional expression, and coping mechanisms which can be either or/both adaptive and maladaptive.
At NYC Therapy Group, we believe that for a family to thrive it is vital that each family member’s needs, strengths, limitations and voice, be both acknowledged and supported. We also understand this is not an easy task to achieve. By taking a family systems, psychodynamic and humanistic approach to working with families, we strive to understand where each unique family is stuck and struggling and work to clarify the issues, and expand upon a family’s strengths so that the they can mend the hurts and dysfunction and find a way to function as a collective, healthy system.
Parenting can be both simultaneously rewarding and challenging. Witnessing and supporting our children’s growth and development on the journey from infancy through adulthood can be one of the most satisfying, awe inspiring and wondrous experiences of life. Yet bumps along the way are inevitable from one degree to another. Whether parenting a newborn or adolescent, the challenges that parents face today are countless and can often distract or truly obstruct a parent from experiencing such satisfaction on this journey.
No matter how many parenting books, tips or experts that may exist today, truth is there is no singular “right” way to be a parent. Understanding who your child(ren) is as an individual, who you are as a parent, what the dynamic is between parent(s) and child(ren), what you value as a parent, and what you struggle with and need help with most, is a necessity in planning a treatment strategy that serves you and your child(ren) the best. We work individually with parents and offer parenting workshops throughout the year aimed to help manage the challenges and restore the joy in parenting.